Friends and Lovers (song)

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Friends and Lovers

Released 1986
Format 7″ (45 rpm)
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop, contemporary R&B
Length 3:50
Label USA Carrere
Songwriter(s) Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon
Producer(s) Yves Dessca, Doug Lenier, Carl Anderson

“Friends and Lovers” is a song written by Jay Gruska and Paul Gordon. The song was first recorded as a duet by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson in 1985 for the soap opera Days of Our Lives, produced by Doug Lenier. That recording remained unreleased until the summer of 1986, when it was released shortly after a version by Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt hit country radio. The country version featured the altered title of “Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)”.

Gloria Loring is a singer and actress who beginning in 1980 portrayed the character Liz Chandler on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her character was a lounge singer, so Loring was often called upon to perform on-screen; one of the songs she performed during this period was “Friends and Lovers”. The song became the theme music for one of the popular supercouples on the show in the mid 1980s, Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady (portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease).

In 1985, Carl Anderson (known for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot in both the film and stage versions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar) appeared on Days of our Lives and performed the duet with Loring.

“Friends and Lovers” would be the only Top 40 hit for either performer. Loring would leave Days of our Lives the same year the single appeared on the music charts. Anderson died in 2004 from complications arising from a long battle with leukemia.

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